Engagement in the Western Hemisphere
Under Secretary Burns: "Let me make one final point: and that is the United States understands that we live in this hemisphere and share with you, and so we want to be present in a positive way to help resolve the problems that all of us have and share together in this hemisphere. We want to work with you to resolve the problem of climate change, we want to support the efforts of countries of South America to deal with the problem of social injustice and of poverty. And we want to help you and we want you to help us to invest in the people of the United States and Uruguay and all the other countries."
Under Secretary Burns traveled to Chile, Uruguay and Brazil July 9-12, 2007. He discussed the strong foreign policy connections the United States shares with each of these countries on regional and international issues.
This high level U.S. official was in Chile Monday, July 9 and Tuesday, July 10, where he met with President Michelle Bachelet, Minister of Foreign Relations Alejandro Foxley and Minister of Energy Marcelo Tokman. In addition, he met with other representatives of the Chilean government as well as academics and professionals.
Under Secretary Burns consulted with these leaders on a broad range of political and economic issues including regional and global security, environmental protection, energy, and trade.
In Uruguay, Under Secretary Burns met with President Tabaré Vázquez and in Brazil with Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.
In Brazil, where he will be joined by Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon, Under Secretary Burns will speak at the first U.S.-Brazil Innovation Summit. In addition, he will discuss further biofuels cooperation, building on the U.S.-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 2007.
In announcing the visit of Under Secretary Burns to the region, the Department of State emphasized that “Chile, Uruguay and Brazil are valued partners—we look forward to continue working with them to consolidate democracy, promote prosperity, and make sure that economic growth improves the lives of all citizens of the Americas.”
Under Secretary Burns’ trip follows a trip by President Bush and Secretary Rice to Latin America in March.
Remarks by Under Secretary Burns
--07/11/07 Press Briefing in Montevideo, Uruguay
--07/10/07 Roundtable With Chilean Media